Two television stations, one German and one Swiss, have begun their own investigation in the face of consistent denials by airlines that passengers and crew are routinely exposed to neurotoxins, and have proved that it is true. I have blogged about this before. And we have investigated the subject ourselves and found it to be […]
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Somebody has noticed that all is not well in the world of airlines, and has deduced that good management practises might help. They’ve written a book about it. Is it just me, or is there is an insidious implication here that most airlines are badly managed? The main theme, I gather from the blurb, is that […]
This week’s Comment page in Flight International – When water is the best option – muses on whether the US National Transportation Safety Board’s inquiry into the Hudson River ditching could provide simulator manufacturers with enough hard information to enable them to simulate ditchings for pilot training purposes. If that were possible, it might add […]
Yesterday I boarded an EasyJet flight out of Cologne for London Gatwick. We pushed back 17min early and arrived 40min early. Pushback as early as that is a record for me. I was left to reflect on how this was achievable. Clearly the airline had all its operational ducks in a row, but the final decider […]
Ditching is always a high risk option, but this US Airways A320 crew made the right decision under the prevailing circumstances. They then showed the world how ditching should really be done. They reminded us that this exercise can be completely survivable, given piloting skill and the right weather and visibility conditions. Pilots are informed […]
At a time when being an airline pilot is as demanding as it has ever been, the image of the job is going down the tubes. Among the biggest culprits are a number of the world’s most influential pilot associations, including the British BALPA, America’s ALPA, and France’s SNPL, but pilot mass wingeing on global flightcrew forums doesn’t […]
Airlines are looking for the right personality in their trainee pilots, and women are more likely to have it than men. Don’t take it from me. This is from Europe’s largest pilot training organisation, the Oxford Aviation Academy. OAA’s group managing director for ab-initio training, Anthony Petteford, says: “Many of the skills needed now are things […]
Strange and wonderful things are happening. Ryanair is saying nice things about its pilots (some of). Has the company’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, been walking the road to Damascus recently? Thinking back to O’Leary quotations about his pilot workforce only about three years ago, adjectives like “overpaid” were juxtaposed with words like “wingeing” and “workshy”. […]
At last Europe is waking up to the fact that recurrent training designed for the age of Stratocruisers and Super Connies has precious little relevance for today’s airline pilot. Remember engine runups before take-off?…relying on the curvature of the earth to get airborne?…and having four engines to cross the pond because you normally arrived with only three still […]
If you want an example of the ultimate in crew resource management, try this summary of a short report from the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit. The Air Canada Boeing 767 skipper turns up on time, but his first officer’s positioning flight delivers him late and acting nervously. In the interests of setting up a […]
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